Skip to main content

KIPA Member

Find out here who is in KIPA's executive board, who is in charge of communication and education-related activities and also which members have been active in recent years. Furthermore, some of KIPA's alumni describe how KIPA has influenced their careers.

Becoming a member

All post-docs at KI are automatically members of the KI post doc association, there is no registration procedure.

However, you need to subscribe to the newsletter to keep updated on what is going on. Simply send an email to start receiving our news!

If you want to participate in our meetings and contribute to the association please send us an email and we will send you all the information about our future meetings and how to join the executive board. We are always looking for proactive and talented people!

Executive board

KIPA's current board was elected during the Annual Meeting on November 28, 2019 and consists of the following members:

Overview of the KIPA Board 2020 members
KIPA Board 2020 Photo: KIPA Board

An introduction on KIPA's board members:

Julienne O'Rourke - CMB


Julienne: “KIPA’s work for postdocs in career planning, advocacy, and in building a community, is both inspiring and supportive. As the chair of KIPA, I am delighted to be a part of this member-driven organization. My work focuses on the coordination of KIPA projects with various stakeholders, assist in advocacy efforts, and and connect KIPA with postdoc associations both within Sweden and internationally.’’

Mathew Tata - CMB

Vice Chair for Advocacy and Representation

Mathew: I believe totally in the work KIPA is doing for the postdoc population here at Karolinska. I was recently elected Vice Chair for Advocacy and Representation and served as Chair in 2019. My focus is on providing better conditions and opportunities for postdocs in their professional and personal lives.

Marie Chancel - NEURO

Vice Chair for Community Building​

Marie: ”It’s my 4th year as a postdoc in Neuro and my 3rd in KIPA. This year I’m in charge of coordinating the work group for Community Building and Social Activities. We are planning a lot of fun events to help gather postdocs in the relaxed atmosphere. Come and meet your fellow postdocs!”

Laila Sara Arroyo Mühr - LABMED

Vice Chair for Professional Development

Sara: ”I have been a postdoc at the Department of Laboratory of Medicine in KI (Flemmingsberg) for 3 years now. During this time, I have gone through the ups and downs of science as any other researcher, but I always had KIPAs back to support me along the way. Now it is my time to give it back. In my new role as VC for Professional Development, I will make sure that all postdocs get to know all the professional possibilities they can face in the near future, as well as to provide them with the tools to fulfill the requirements to achieve them”.

Ameya Bendre - KBH


Ameya: ''I am a postdoc at the Department of Women's and Children's Health and I joined KIPA in 2018. As the secretary, I am responsible for the drafting of the meeting minutes and providing organizational support to the Vice Chairs.''

Heather Iriye - NEURO


Heather: "I have been a post doc in the Neuroscience Department since March 2019 and joined KIPA last fall. This year, I am happy to be KIPA's treasurer to ensure our organization remains financially responsible.”


KIPA Communication

Responsible for KIPA's social media and website are:

Laura Crucianelli - NEURO

Social Media Coordinator

Laura: ''I joined KIPA in December 2018 and I am in charge of compiling and sending out the monthly newsletter. Furthermore, I also update the Facebook and Twitter KIPA pages with upcoming events, job/grants opportunities and relevant readings for the postdoc community.

José Martinez Lopez - MBB 

Website Manager

José: ''I am a postdoc at the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics (MBB) in Karolinska Institutet. I am working in the KIPA communication team and my role is the administration of our webpage.’’

Programs and courses

KIPA is also represented in KI's courses and programmes committee:

Azad Saei - MEDS

KIPA Representative to 'Program and Course' Committee

Azad: ”I am a postdoc at the Department of Medicine in KI. It has always been inspiring for me to see KIPA as supportive and helpful association to postdoc community in KI. So, now I am glad to contribute and represent KIPA in KI’s course and programme committee. I will make sure that postdocs will be enrolled in the KI’s courses and programs which they are interested and are in line with their professional and career development”.

KIPA alumni experience

Tanja Bhuiyan, previously postdoc at KI and former active member in KIPA; currently, Postdoctoral Scientist in Germany:

“The postdoctoral period is a time during which we can shape our careers, create networks, and choose a direction to take afterwards. What has really motivated me to join KIPA, however, was the prospect to improve the poor working conditions of many postdocs at KI. In my opinion, developing a career is easier when employment conditions are less precarious. At KIPA, I have met like-minded postdocs who really want to make a difference. It was very rewarding to see that my contributions at KIPA have also improved postdoc life, e.g. by co-organizing career development events or by advocating postdoctoral interests.”

Ben Libberton, previously postdoc at KI and former active member in KIPA; currently, Science Communicator:

“KIPA really helped me to develop transferable skills and realise the skills that I already had which could be applied outside of academia. Through interacting with other members and attending events I discovered a whole world beyond the postdoc, both inside and outside of academia that I'd never seen before. It was such a pleasure to meet people from different scientific disciplines who were driven and motivated and it always inspired me to think and to do things differently.”

Katy Lloyd, previously postdoc at KI and former active member in KIPA; currently, Exploratory Research Scientist in a company:

“I really enjoyed my time with KIPA. It was not only a chance to meet with a group of like-minded people, but also gave me the opportunity to contribute to the postdoc society. I joined in efforts to document and report on the conditions facing postdocs across Europe, as part of the European Network of Postdoctoral Associations (ENPA). Although this work is still continuing, it felt great being part of something bigger than myself, which will hopefully help shape the environment for postdocs for years to come. I got to improve on my time management, communication and writing skills, and it has given me the confidence to apply for a staff representative role in my new position.”

Anil Sharma, previously, postdoc at KI and former active member in KIPA; currently, Data Scientist in a company:

“I had been active in the PhD student organisation at my old university, so I knew how important such organisations can be - both professionally and socially. So when I came to KI for my postdoc, I was glad to be welcomed by the relatively newly formed KIPA. I made some good friends and was able to help investigate and highlight the poor housing situation for postdocs at KI. KIPA also helped me tremendously by organising professional development activities, which in no small part helped me transition from academia to a fantastic job in industry.”

Jenny Svärd, previously, postdoc at KI and former KIPA chairperson; currently, Consultant:

“Becoming involved in KIPA was a very positive experience in many ways. Being the chair of KIPA gave me the opportunity to understand more the structure and processes at KI, and I expanded my professional network when interacting both with individuals internally at KI and externally. I also developed my problem solving skills. Furthermore, it was of course very rewarding to work with extremely talented fellow postdocs and make progress in postdoc-related issues!“

Eleni Kopsida, previously, postdoc at KI and former KIPA secretary; currently Analyst in a consulting firm:

"I regard my involvement with the KI Postdoc Association as one of the most useful and fulfilling experiences in my academic career. By being actively involved I got the chance to meet and work with like-minded people towards improving the postdoc experience at KI, both in terms of working conditions as well as in terms of career and networking opportunities. Furthermore, I learned a lot about the structure of KI and I had the chance to expand my transferable skills, including organisational and problem-solving skills.”

Active members

Enlisted are all KIPA members that have been active in the year 2019:

  • Nina Jensen, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics (MBB)
  • Menghan Wang, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology (FYFA)
  • Maria Bertuzzi, Department of Neuroscience (NEURO)
  • Sarah Sandoz, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics (MBB)
  • Mathew Tata, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB)
  • Eva Berg, Department of Neuroscience (NEURO)
  • Evangelia Daskalakis, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics (MBB)
  • Fatima Memic, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics (MBB)
  • Anastassia Mikhailova, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics (MBB)
  • Stephan Meinke, Department of Medicine Huddinge (MedH)
  • Ameya Bendre, Department of Women’s and Children’s Health (KBH)
  • Roberto de la Torre Martinez, Department of Neuroscience (NEURO)
  • José A. Martínez López, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics (MBB)
  • Konstantina Kilteni, Department of Neuroscience (NEURO)
  • Alessandro Bosco, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics (MBB)
  • Iuliia Savchuk, Department of Women’s and Children’s Health (KBH)
  • Aida Rodriguez Garcia, Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology (MTC)
  • Giada Spigolon, Department of Neuroscience (NEURO)
  • Agustin Sola Carvajal, Department of Biosciences and Nutrition (BIONUT)
  • Nadine Schweizer. Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS)
  • Leona Rohrbeck, Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology (MTC)
  • Elisabeth Oliver, Department of Women’s and Children’s Health (KBH)
  • Elisa Floriddia, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics (MBB)
  • Marie Chancel,Department of Neuroscience (NEURO)
  • Lau M. Andersen, Departmet of Clinical Neuroscience (CNS)
  • Lisa Harber-Aschan, Department of Global Public Health (GPH)
  • Quirin Hammer, Department of Medicine Huddinge (MedH)
  • Bentolhoda Fereydouni, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS)
  • Lingjing Chen, Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM)
  • Pavitra Kannan, Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology (MTC)
  • Anna Marseglia, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS)
  • Laura Crucianelli, Department of Neuroscience (NEURO)
  • Jan Masek, Department of Biosciences and Nutrition (BIONUT)
  • Victoria Vassen, Department of Medicine, Center for Infectious Medicine Huddinge (MedH-CIM)
  • Rafael Cena, Department of Medicine Huddinge (MedH)
  • Sophia Miliara, Department of Medicine Huddinge(MedH) 
  • Laura Palma Medina, Department of Medicine Huddinge (MedH)
  • Shilpa Ray, Department of Laboratory Medicine (LABMED
  • Elisa Saccon, Department of Laboratory Medicine (LABMED)
  • Sara Arroyo Muhr, Department of Laboratory Medicine(LABMED)
  • Suzanne Ruhe-van der Werff, Department of Medicine Solna (MedS)
  • Ana Amaral, Department of Biosciences and Nutrition (BIONUT)
  • Michelle Watts, Department of Women’s and Children’s Health (KBH)
  • Fulya Taylan, Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery (MMK) 
  • Jinan Behnan, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics (MBB) 
  • Su Wang, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics (MBB) 
  • Anna Navis, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics (MBB) 
  • Heather Iriye, Department of Neuroscience (NEURO) 
  • Maximilian Hauser, Department of Neuroscience(NEURO) 
  • Mehdi Ordikhani, Department of Neuroscience(NEURO)
  • Giorgio Gabbarini, Department of Dental Medicine (OF-Odontology)
  • Freija ter Heegde, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology(FYFA) 
  • Katharina Schellhaus, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) 
  • Julienne O’Rourke, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) 
  • Johanna Viiliainen, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) 
  • Donald Cameron, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) 
  • Vera Shirokova, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology(CMB)
  • Mohiuddin Gazi, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology(CMB) 
  • Ionut Dumitru, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology(CMB)  
  • Christina Kantzer, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology(CMB) 

Former active members

Sally Abdelmoaty (former secretary), Imran Ali, Hasna Baloui, Loretxu Bergouignan, Alessandro Bosco (former vice-chair), Madeleen Bosma (former vice-chair), Tanja Bhuiyan (former Swedish Postdoc Association Network coordinator), Lorenza Capantini, Christopher Cederroth, Franziska Curdt, Hiske van Duinen (former chair), Enric Domenech-Estevez, Daniel Ferreira, Benjamin Garzon, Dominika Hrossova, Nina Jensen, Anna-Maria Katsouri (former secretary), Guruswamy Karnam, Pedram Kharaziha, Narsis Kiani, Eleni Kopsida (former chair and former secretary), Kyriaki Liadaki, Mónica Pérez Manso, Shiva Mansouri, Anna Mourskaia (former professional relations and communication executive), Marjon Navis, Sushrusha Nayak, Ananta Paine, Ljubica Perisic, Erik Pettersson, Catherine Preston (former treasurer), Milica Putnik, Kathryn Rees, Kathrin Reiser, Shanie Saghafian-Hedengren, Nadine Schweizer, Michelle De Silva Riberio, Shireen Sindi, Giada Spigolon, Daniela Strodthoff, Jenny Svärd (former chair and former secretary), Ali Mustafa Tabish, Siew Kian Tai, Saskia Thomas and Janne Turunen.